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NSF Grant Supports Exploring Commercial Use of Test for PFCs

NSF Grant Supports Exploring Commercial Use of Test for PFCs

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A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is helping a multi-disciplinary team at Hope College explore the possibility of taking from the lab to the marketplace a new test for identifying widely used compounds that are increasingly scrutinized for their environmental impact.

The award through the NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is supporting the Hope group in exploring demand for a rapid screening test it developed to detect the presence of per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in consumer products.  The new method reduces the time it takes to test a sample from days to minutes.

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Illustrated Tour Guide Features Historic Dutch Sites in Area

Illustrated Tour Guide Features Historic Dutch Sites in Area

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The illustrated book “Historic Dutch Sites in the Holland/Zeeland Area: An Illustrated Tour Guide” provides an opportunity to both learn about and see dozens of locations in the region.

                        The 52-page volume highlights 49 places with connections to the settlement and development of the area by the immigrants who began arriving from the Netherlands in the 1840s.  It has been published by the Van Raalte Press of the A.C. Van Raalte Institute at Hope College on behalf of the Dutch American Historical Commission and the Dutch Heritage Coordinating Council.

Anonymous Donor Provides Challenge Grant to Grow Holland Youth Connections for Summer Jobs

Anonymous Donor Provides Challenge Grant to Grow Holland Youth Connections for Summer Jobs

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Anonymous Donor Provides Challeng Grant to Grow Holland Youth Connections for Summer Jobs for At-Risk Youth   The Holland community has the opportunity to help the Holland Youth Connections program grow thanks to a generous challenge by an anonymous donor. The donor will contribute $20,000 to support the program if the community matches it via multiple smaller gifts of any amount.

Over 100 Openings for Free or Low-cost Summer Preschool Now Available

Over 100 Openings for Free or Low-cost Summer Preschool Now Available

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The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) of Ottawa County has over 100 openings for free and low-cost high-quality summer preschool for children who turned four by October 1, have not had any preschool experience in GSRP or Head Start in 2014-15 and who will attend kindergarten or young fives in September, 2015.

“It’s not too late for your child to attend preschool before the school starts this fall,” said Veronica Pechumer, Ottawa County Great Start Coordinator for Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD). “There are many openings for full-day preschool still available in Ottawa County. And, a family of four making up to $59,625 could qualify for free preschool.”

OAISD supports the local Great Start Readiness Programs to provide high-quality preschool education. OAISD works directly with school districts, community agencies, and childcare centers who provide the preschool services for families within the community.

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West Ottawa coach charged with sex crime


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- After a lengthy investigation, a West Ottawa high school coach is now charged with a sex crime.

On Wednesday, 34-year-old Matthew Powell was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of inappropriately touching a female student.

WZZM 13 has been following the investigation for weeks, which began when a concerned parent came forward. After interviewing several witnesses, investigators believe there was one 16-year-old victim.

"Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct essentially involves inappropriate touching, and that's what he's charged with; that best fit the scenario," said Captain Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Powell, a wrestling coach and special education teacher, is charged in connection to his alleged relationship with a female student.

Holland Marine buried in Arlington


ARLINGTON, Va. (ABC) -- The steady, pouring rain was fitting for the occasion. It was a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, killed in a training accident one month ago.

Exactly one week after being awarded the Navy's third-highest award for valor, the Silver Star, Seif's helicopter went down in heavy fog off the coast of Florida, killing all on board. Among the dead were some of the most highly trained Marines and Army pilots: 11 men from Marine Special Operations Command, knowns as MARSOC, and two pilots and two crewmembers from the Louisiana National Guard.

It's a stark reminder that the risks associated with military service aren't always on the battlefield.

The wives of the men killed have traveled together to each funeral service, offering support for one another.

Holland Mayor Dykstra will not seek re-election


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra has announced that he will not seek re-election to a fourth term as mayor.

Mayor Dykstra posted an open letter to the people of Holland Tuesday saying that over the past few days, "positive events have occurred in my family and professional life; these events, however, mean that I will not seek re-election."

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According to the city's website, Dykstra was Fifth Ward Councilmember from 2005-2009 and then Holland's 40th Mayor, from 2009 to 2015. City elections for mayor will be in November 2015.

In an interview after the announcement Dykstra said it's been a privilege to serve the people of Holland.

"Hopefully people will look back on these years and say he wasn't perfect but he did a pretty good job,"